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Pilot Sentenced for Making False Statements on His Medical Application

On July 15, 2010, in the Northern District of California, Bruce N. Moody was sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution for his role in falsifying his airman medical application.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Moody failed to report to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on his Airman Medical Applications in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008, that he suffered from insomnia, depression, poor concentration, anxiety, fatigue and memory difficulties, while serving as a pilot in command. Moody admitted to lying about his condition on his FAA Form 8500.8.

This investigation was initiated as a result of a referral from the FAA alleging that Mr. Moody had been receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for psychiatric diagnosis, yet failed to disclose this information to the FAA. This investigation was conducted by the OIG, with technical assistance from the SSA, VA, and FAA.